Re: component just aft of the fuel bowl leaking,,, what is it?
Hose replacement is one of those "good measure" things; you have the pump out, capitalize on the situation and refresh all the "soft" parts. But it's standard fuel-injection-pressure bulk hose; buy a foot at the FLAPS and you have some left over.
Fuel heater can, in most climes, be decommissioned. It's an artifact of the time the truck was built, back when the woolly mammoth roarded and the streets were paved with oxen dung, and diesel fuel was not nearly as stable in cold weather as it is now. It's famous for shorting out, blowing the #22 fuse and causing a no-start. So another common "while you're in there" procedure is to just remove it.